Saturday, April 25, 2015

A Dream Not Imagined: Cover Reveal!

    Hi, everyone. Let's take a break from photos and look at my sister's, (so proud :D), cover for her very first book!! It's a non- magical, Cinderella retelling novella titled A Dream Not Imagined. I am very pleased to say that I illustrated the cover. :D So cool to think that a real book has my artwork on it. An author designed the cover, as well as added the light beams coming from the lantern, making it look truly amazing. Anyway, here is the lovely cover!!:)

About the Book

A MAID, a PRINCE, and a DUKE. A GARDENER, a STEPMOTHER, and a secret...

     Ellie Abbington, a beautiful yet unassuming young woman, quietly longs for her life to change. Too privileged to associate with the servants—too underprivileged to associate with her own family; she dreams a dream of a prince and a happily ever after.

     But it could be that her own stepsisters, conniving Dezmarie and easily-influenced Adelaide, are dreaming the same dream...of the same prince.

     In the end, are dreams even all they're made out to be? Especially with deep and long-hidden secrets about to be unearthed?

A Dream Not Imagined is a non-magical fairy-tale novella based loosely on the classic tale of Cinderella.

Tentative Release Date: June 2015

My Review

A Dream Not Imagined is a lovely retelling of Cinderella, without magic, but with a message far more significant: Let God write your love story- your life story. The "Cinderella" of the story is fair and kind Ellie Abbington. She poses as a maid to her family, which consists of her slightly abusive father and her stepmother and two stepsisters, who are unkind and often order her about. 
But will she always be a maid? Perhaps the prince will fall in love with her, and take her away from this life of service. And what is the life changing secret that has been kept from Ellie for years? 
What a wonderful story! And the vital lesson should be heard by every girl. 
The character Ellie was wonderfully done. Not perfect, but still with a sweet and kind heart. She is pretty easy to relate to. (: 
Then there is the cool and smooth, yet unkind stepmother, the mean and flighty stepsisters, and so on. The love story was a light, sweet one, and just so wonderful. (: 

A Dream Not Imagined is a new way to see how a beautiful Cinderella story can turn out being. 

I recommend this book to fairy -tale retelling lovers, and someone who likes a sweet love story. the ages vary, as for the fact it doesn't have anything inappropriate for children.  

About the Author

     Shantelle Mary Hannu was born in the mountainous west, spending her golden childhood years there. Since then, she has relocated time and again with her parents and seven siblings, making cherished memories in both the South and Central United States.
     A Christian homeschool graduate, Shantelle has a passion for writing and all things books. From a young age she’s been penning tales with a hope of sharing with the world adventurous and soul-stirring stories that bring glory to God.
     A Dream Not Imagined, a fairytale novella, will be her first published book. She’s currently preparing a full-length fantasy novel for publication as well, and working on its sequel.
     Shantelle blogs at A Writer’s Heart: about her stories, favorite books and movies (with reviews), healthy wheat-free recipes, and hosts fellow authors, among other things. One of her joys is connecting with fellow writers and readers! You can also find her on:

Twitter: @shantellemary 

Google+: Shantelle H. 

 Pinterest: Shantelle H. 

Bloggers Participating in the Cover Reveal

Hayden Wand at The Story Girl

Skye Hoffert at Ink Castles (+ review)

Amber Stokes at Seasons of Humility

Ghost Ryter at Anything, Everything

Deborah O’Carroll at The Road of a Writer

Serena at Poetree (+ review)

Jaye L. Knight at Jaye L. Knight’s Blog

Alyssa-Faith at The American Anglophile

Natasha H. at Through My Lens (+ review)

Hannah Williams at The Writer’s Window

Laura Pol at Crafty Booksheeps

Jesseca Dawn at Whimsical Writings

E. Kaiser Writes at …The Adventure Begins

Allison Ruvidich at The Art of Storytelling

Shannon McDermott at Shannon McDermott’s Blog

Tricia Mingerink at The Pen of a Ready Writer


  1. You did a lovely job, Natasha! I think that's awesome that you illustrated the cover for your sister's book. :)

  2. Thanks for the lovely review, Natasha!!! :) :) And so glad that you could illustrate the cover and be part of its reveal!! Yay!! :D *Feeling beyond blessed* :)

  3. Your welcome! Awesome to have a book out there with my illustration!:):)